Logistical Nightmares is a yearlong programme of events, workshops, pedagogical experiments, and field investigations. It is an initiative by the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. The programme explores the increasing ubiquity and prominence of logistics as a model for organising social life and politics at a global scale. Lorenzo Pezzani, a head of the MA studio in Forensic Architecture, will host the programme. He will present some of the tutors, such as Charmaine Chua, and moderate a panel with the Research Architecture MA students from Goldsmiths.

The Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, is organised around practice-led research that investigates the urgent political conditions of our time. Our goal is to provide practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds with tools for undertaking spatial research and critical analysis. Students pursue individual projects that generate written as well as practical insights. Dissertation projects incorporate fieldwork, critical reflections and discuss the theoretical implications and historical questions at stake within their work.

Lorenzo Pezzani convenes the MA stream in Forensic Architecture. An architect and a PhD graduate from the Centre of Research Architecture, his work deals with the spatial politics and visual cultures of migration, with a particular focus on the geography and history of the ocean. Since 2011, he has been working on Forensic Oceanography, a collaborative project that critically investigates the militarised border regime in the Mediterranean Sea. Together with a wide network of NGOs, scientists, journalists and activist groups, Lorenzo has produced maps, visualisations and human right reports that document the violence perpetrated against migrants at sea and challenge the regime of visibility imposed by surveillance means on this contested area.

Susan Schuppli is an artist-researcher and writer. She is Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Centre for Research Architecture. Through investigative processes that involve an engagement with scientific and technical modes of inquiry, her work aims to open up new conceptual pathways into the material strata of our world. While many projects have examined media artefacts—photographs, film, video, and audio transmissions—that have emerged out of sites of contemporary conflict and state violence, current work explores the ways in which toxic ecologies from nuclear accidents and oil spills to the dark snow of the arctic are producing an “extreme image” archive of material wrongs.

Susan has published widely within the context of media and politics and is the author of the forthcoming book Material Witness (MIT Press), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary. From 2011-14 she was Senior Research Fellow on the Forensic Architecture ERC project.

Sonic Acts Academy is a platform established in 2016 that aims to grow, expand, sustain and disseminate stimulating discourse about artistic research. The Academy is a new platform for speculation and reflection, focusing on critical examination of knowledge production in the field of art. It is an experimental setting free of institutional pressure and privileged classrooms, and it enables us to test and quickly react to changes in both form and content of what we should know. The Academy opts for an inclusive community; it involves those who resist or do not have access to the privileged spaces of academia.

The Academy is initiated by Sonic Acts, which also organises the internationally renowned Sonic Acts festival focusing on developments at the intersection of art, science and technology. Sonic Acts was founded in 1994. Over the years, Sonic Acts has established itself as a thematic festival with a strong focus on contemporary and historical developments at the intersections of art, technology, music and science. Each festival edition explores the chosen theme by means of an international conference, a wide range of concerts and performances, exhibitions and screenings, and embraces a broad spectrum of fields, practices and disciplines. Sonic Acts has developed into an organisation for the research, development and production of works at the intersection of art, science and theory. It also commissions and co-produces new works, often in collaboration with international festivals, arts organisations, funders and other partners. Recent projects include the three-year art, research & commissioning project Dark Ecology, predominantly taking place in the Arctic region, and its globally touring programme Vertical Cinema.